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  • Bad decision... I'm going to Jailbreak to restore original functionality (with 'NoMute')

    6 10.17%
  • It was a bad choice, but I'll just have to learn to live with it

    20 33.90%
  • Meh, doesn't make much of a difference

    27 45.76%
  • It's about time they made the change... Now everything is perfect!

    6 10.17%
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    I originally posted this on my blog.

    There was no need to reconfigure the slide switch to a mute button and bury the screen lock in the software. The screen lock switch was convenient and I used it a lot. I don’t care about a mute switch that actually doesn’t mute all volumes. Apparently it is only for system notifications or something? Because I was watching a video on Devour (best YouTube site ever) with the switch muted and sound still coming from the speaker. Guess they decided the iPad needed a button like the green/+ window button on OSX. I’ve been using Macs for years and still haven’t figured out what that blasted button is suppose to do. So ya hear me Steve? I want my lock button back, or at least the option to switch it back.

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    I would hardly call a double click + one swipe "buried" in the software settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superbike81 View Post
    I would hardly call a double click + one swipe "buried" in the software settings.

    I agree!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonbrinks View Post
    Umm... I didn't see a poll on it, and I was curious about the general response from users (as you can see, it really isn't as bad as I've made it out to be...), apologies if the recurrence of such a topic bothers you...
    Actually the other poll was worded in such a way that it seemed to presume it was bad... and the results of poll were kind of skewed that way due to it... I think anyway.

    But you worded your poll very much in a neutral manner. So kudos for that. And indeed the results are far different than the other poll.



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    I can see where the mute button might be useful if you're doing a keynote presentation and can't navigate to the settings screen to quickly disable all notification alert sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superbike81 View Post
    I would hardly call a double click + one swipe "buried" in the software settings.
    Well, to each their own. I use it all the time and after a while it feels buried compared to a simple hard switch. My biggest gripe though is it really should be a user option. That would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coregeek View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Superbike81 View Post
    I would hardly call a double click + one swipe "buried" in the software settings.
    Well, to each their own. I use it all the time and after a while it feels buried compared to a simple hard switch. My biggest gripe though is it really should be a user option. That would be great.
    I agree user selectable would have been good. Unlike most of you I rarely use screen lock but switch between mid volume and mute many times a day. So the semi mute is much more useful for me.

    If the button was user selectable then this whole thing would have been a non issue. I would complain if they swapped it back!

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    But user-selectable ANYTHING is not the way Apple does things. Their way or the highway.

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    The only thing more useless than a thread about the screen orientation/mute button change is yet another thread about the screen orientation/mute button change.

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    I haven't upgraded my operating system yet just because I don't want to lose the orientation lock switch. I suppose it's not really going to be a big deal, but I agree with the posters who think that the best option would be for the user to have the ability to determine what function that button has.


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